Hard Hats and

Hard Cases

We’re all

friendly faces

Hard Hats and

Hard Cases

We’re all

friendly faces

Leadership as strong as a rock

Henry Claydon

Managing Director/Shareholder

Henry leads a dedicated team who are able to translate Contract requirements into reality.

Henry has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. He began as an Excavator Operator in 1988, then expanded his practical background by completing an NZCE (Civil) at UNITEC Institute of Technology in 1999. Since then, he has successfully project managed many drainage, roading and site works projects.

In 2006 Henry became a Company Director. He was appointed Managing Director in 2017, completed a Diploma in Business in 2015, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Management through the Waikato University (Major in Finance & Strategic Planning).

Henry is excited about what the future holds for this family owned business and what it stands for encompassing the four values that make Waiotahi the Employer of choice in the Bay of Plenty region

Phillip Claydon

Director/Shareholder

Phillip started with Waiotahi in 1999 straight out of school at the age of 16, establishing a broad foundation within the civil construction industry as a laborer and machine operator covering general site works, drainage, bulk earthworks, road construction, and quarry operations.

Undertaking professional development between 2009 – 2012 to gain a Civil Engineering Degree Phillip later moved into project management, project estimation and contract administration roles within Waiotahi and other NZ companies. Later in 2017 he returned to study to complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

After gaining 26 years’ experience within the civil construction industry, working for companies throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the U.K and gaining experience on large civil infrastructure projects Phillip returned to Waiotahi in 2019 and became a Company Director and Shareholder.

Currently Phillip fills the roles of Commercial Manager, Business Development Manager, and Business Unit Manager – Waiotahi Quarries.

Stephen Claydon

Director/Shareholder

Stephen started with Waiotahi Contractors Limited straight out of school as a Workshop Assistant.

He left the family owned business and went to Polytech and University to study Finance and Accounting. From 1996 to 2007 Stephen has worked in various finance roles across New Zealand and abroad. Since returning to New Zealand Stephen has held the position of Finance Manager for Waiotahi Contractors Limited and also managing the subsidiary company Waiotahi Transport Limited. He is passionate about the transport and civil construction industry and the Waiotahi Group of Companies.

In 2014 Stephen was made a Company Director for Waiotahi Group of Companies.

Spike Petersen

Director/Shareholder

Spike started with Waiotahi as a mechanic in 1988 and progressed through various roles to become Branch Manager for Opotiki.

As Opotiki Branch Manager, Spike coordinates, manages and monitors the workings of all departments in the Opotiki branch.

In 2003, Spike was made a Company Director and is now responsible for contributing towards the achievement of the company’s strategic and operational targets and overall business aims.